MSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010: Percy Snow
Oct. 2, 2010
"There's no other place like Michigan State. Every time I come back to the university, I see a glow. It lights up, it starts all over again for me."
- Percy Snow
He set a then-school record with 164 tackles as a junior, then broke his own record with 172 stops as a senior, which ranked first in the Big Ten in 1989. That mark still stands as second most in an MSU season. Snow, who turned in 11 performances of double-digit tackles in 1989 and notched a career-high 23 takedowns against Illinois, finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting that season in addition to winning both the Butkus and Lombardi Awards.
The hard-hitting linebacker was selected to MSU's Centennial Super Squad in 1996 in a poll conducted by the Lansing State Journal. Following his All-America Spartan career, he was chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the NFL Draft (No. 13 overall).
Snow has never forgotten his time at Michigan State, and still loves coming back to East Lansing. In fact, he said his favorite memory during his college days was stepping foot on campus for the first time, knowing he would have the opportunity to play football at a Big Ten school.
"The biggest moment for me was when I (first) got here," he said. "They don't get too many kids really coming out of high school. The opportunity for me to even come here, I knew it was the place for me.
"There's no other place like Michigan State. When I talked to other guys I played with and where they went to college, you don't hear that kind of communication between them and universities. I know some guys that hadn't even back to their university since they'd left - once they went to school, it's like it was all over with. But when I come here, every time I come back to the university, I see a glow. It lights up, it starts all over again for me."
With his impressive credentials, it was only a matter of time for Snow to be included in the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
"This is the honor that actually puts the stepping stone to what I've accomplished, and really, not just what I've accomplished, but the university, the former players, the coaching staff, what we've accomplished together," Snow said on the day of his induction in the Hall of Fame. "This might be an individual award, but it's just a conglomeration of different players and coaches that helped me achieve this award. I might be accepting it, but like I said, there's a lot of guys that paved the way also."